Chapel is a deliberate and intentional element of our spiritual development plan that begins in PreK-4 and goes all the way through a student's senior year. We understand that entering in to a time of worship in the middle of a school day can be tough, but the goal of our weekly chapel is to provide students with an opportunity to focus their minds and hearts on their own spiritual lives and to engage in a corporate time of worship through music and teaching, which is then followed by intentional small group fellowship.
Pre-K – First Grade
First thing after announcements on Friday morning starting at 8:30 a.m., our Pre-K through First Grade students share in a time of corporate worship followed by a dynamic presentation of God’s Word brought to the students by a variety of speakers throughout the year. Chapel is held in the Lower School Cafetorium each week. Lower School teachers also find time later in their day to implement another fundamental element in the training of our students – the Bible study method. Teachers share a verse with students teaching them how to observe what Scripture is saying, interpret what that passage means and then apply God’s Word to their own lives.
Second – Fourth Grade
Friday morning at 9:15 a.m., our second Lower School chapel occurs (for our Second-Fourth Grade students). The format is the same – a sweet time of worship filled with laughter followed by a dynamic and thought-provoking lesson from God’s Word. Chapel is essential for our students to learn how to worship as the body of Christ and to dig into God’s Word to find those pillars of biblical truth that will be the foundation for a life well-lived!
Fifth and Sixth Grade
Monday morning from 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. in the Prestonwood Baptist Church Choir practice room, our Fifth and Sixth Graders have their own chapel. Issues that are facing these Middle School students are addressed and wisdom that comes straight from God’s Word is taught each week by a variety of speakers throughout the year. Students are also given a time later in their day to pause for reflection on a particular verse each week as part of the Bible study method training that equips students to observe, interpret and apply God’s Word to their lives.
Seventh and Eighth Grade
Thursday morning at 8:15 a.m. in the PCA Student Life Center, you’ll find an early morning chapel time with our Seventh and Eighth Grade students followed by their “advisory time.” The chapel is opened with praise and worship time followed by a guest speaker each week. Following chapel, the students break down into “advisory groups” – this is a time each week when small groups of students sit and talk with a teacher/mentor assigned to their group who helps facilitate discussion and guides them with wisdom from God’s Word.
Thursday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the PCA Student Life Center you'll find our Upper School students gathering for their weekly chapel. Led in worship by the PCA Chapel Band made up of their peers, the Upper School students not only enjoy a time of corporate worship, but also a time to be fed from the Word of God by a dynamic and thought-provoking speaker. Following the speaker is a time of fellowship and reflection with a small group of peers from their same grade with one adult faculty advisor.
PCA's Bible Study Methods utilize a school-wide inductive approach to training students to examine scripture in light of what God wants to reveal about Himself and His purpose for our lives. As students are usually the spectators in chapel, this program is designed to place students into small group discussion where they learn to actively participate in the study of God’s Word.
Students study scripture using a three-step method including: reading scripture to OBSERVE what the text says, ask INTERPRETIVE questions that were raised as the text was observed, and examine how we can APPLY it to the way we live our lives today.
After dismissing from chapel, students move into their advisory group where they transition from being a spectator in chapel to a participant in learning to study the Bible for themselves. PCA students are placed in Advisory groups beginning in the Seventh Grade. Beginning in the Ninth Grade, students are in the same group until they graduate. The goal is to allow students to get to know one another and their faculty advisor in a small group setting. The purpose is to establish relationships built on trust and to provide biblically-based encouragement and wisdom to help facilitate spiritual development and maturity in each student.
Our Campus Ministry Team helps to equip and encourage our advisors. An advisory notebook filled with helpful tips and useful information is produced and presented to our advisors at the beginning of each school year and our advisors also attend additional training during the year. Advisors are encouraged to challenge their advisory group to set meaningful personal goals each year and work to help each student achieve their goals. Advisors are trained on various personality types they will have in their groups and the best way to connect with each student on a personal level. And advisors are given opportunities to walk with students through the daily grind of school and life – not only during their scheduled advisory times, but also on service project days and other opportunities that arise in the lives of our students.